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Striving for zero gender violence

Striving for zero gender violence

Monica Gender Based Violence Solution seeks to help and involve both genders in the fight against violence, with the ultimate aim to eliminate gender violence altogether. It was founded by 23-year old Shaanika Nashilongo who named the organisation after First Lady Madam Monica Geingos, “because of her impressive focus in identifying the root causes of violence and eliminating it.”
Shaanika said the First Lady inspired him to open an organisation because since she became First Lady one of the things she concentrated on was gender violence. “Each month I would read about her involvement in the battle against violence and no one was left out from women, men, children and even prisoners. And to me the name Monica also means, mother to the Namibian nation, therefore this organisation is a mother to all Namibians from all walks of life even the perpetrators,” explained Shaanika.
He said it is a good feeling knowing that someone is able to open up to him with their problems and knowing that he is able to help them out of their situation, to help them heal, to be a good person and move in the light. “My knowledge is also enhanced through the people I help. I learn a lot and gain experience that I will use to help others,” he emphasised.
He advised both victims and perpetrators to come to the organisation for help, stating “because there is always a solution.” Shaanika said the members of Monica Gender Based Violence Solution hold workshops and give advice to both the offenders and the victims and they should not be afraid to come out and hear from them.
He said that even though they help many people out of terrible situations, they still face challenges as an organisation of which the most obvious is financial. “We have a lot to do to stop gender violence but we do not have money to do all that needs to be done. Since we are now working in six regions it has become even more difficult to demobilize gender violence,” he explained while extending an appeal to those who can assist them with anything they have or give them donations of any kind to help them bring gender violence to zero.
Besides the challenges the organisation faces Shaanika plans to bring gender violence to zero percent in Namibia and in Africa, to educate Namibian people on how to avoid becoming perpetrators or falling victim to gender violence and how to fight it. “Namibian men and women need more workshops on how to fight gender violence and how to foster good relationships in which no one will be abused and no kids will be in the streets, stealing, prostituting and copying bad abusive manners from parents if they are violent,” he said.
He invites people from all walks of life that need advice, counselling or any help to come to them especially women that are doing abortions, people with suicidal thoughts and those thinking of committing crime.
“The nation should come and open up to us, we are here for them and we do not want more deaths from people killing each other,” concluded Shaanika.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.